Re: Why are intepreters so slow today

Paul Crowley (
Tue, 19 Apr 1994 12:19:29 GMT

Quoting in article <>:
>> int i; double x = 0.0;
>> for (i = 0; i < 1000000; i++) x = x + 1.0;

>I tried running this on an Acorn A5000 under C in interpreted basic.

>Under C this took 10 seconds, interpreted BASIC took 16 seconds.

Acorn knew that new users would take the speed of the BASIC as a
measure of the speed of the processor. As a result, ARM Basic is
beefed up and optimised far beyond its reasonable utility...
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